Men, Migration and the Divisions of Domestic Work
Two major organizing principles of reproductive work in “Western” post-industrialized societies are disregarded in current debates around global care chains. First, a fair amount of this socially important work is not dealt with on a societal level because “domestic” work is transferred to the so-called private realm and regarded as the responsibility of individual household members. Second, the positions and practices that men perform within the space of these private households regarding the organization of “feminine” work are neglected in the research literature. Combining theoretical work with an anthropological study in Vienna, Austria, this project aims at a differentiated analysis of “outsourcing”, and tries to bridge global challenges with the sense making of individuals in their private homes.